What's on for older children

Little Strikers

Clissold Park, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

These football classes are a perfect introduction to football and are run by coaches that love working with this age group!
18 months to 2.5 years, 2.5 to 4 years & 4 to 6 years
The emphasis is very much on creating a fun environment to play football in and your Little Striker will be able to progress at their own speed. Classes are suitable for boys and girls of all abilities and are a great chance to develop general motor and movement skills, as well as football specific skills.


Make Believe Performing Arts School

Based in Stoke Newington Secondary School & Sixth Form on Wednesday evenings.

Make Believe is a leading children’s performing arts school. Founded in 2004 and now recognised as one of the top theatre schools in the UK, Make Believe provides after-school singing, dancing and acting training to students aged three to 18. Along with its performing arts schools, Make Believe boasts a production company, franchise network, talent agency and events.

Students benefit from a complete performing arts education which helps them gain confidence, stretch their imagination and provides them with skills for life. In a safe and friendly environment, they strive to ensure all students maximise their potential whilst having fun and making friends. The syllabus includes singing, acting and dancing.

Infant class (3-5 years) 17.30 - 19:00
Juniors (6-9 years) 17.30 - 20.30
Seniors (10+ years) 17.30 - 20.30

Students over 6 years old receive 1-hour dance, 1-hour drama and 1-hour singing.

Book your FREE TRIAL online.


London Fencing Club

Mondays near Old Street

London Fencing Club provides lively, fun and safe children's classes for complete beginners and those with basic fencing knowledge. Each class is taught using games to improve speed and co-ordination, develop specific fencing skills and tactical thinking. Kids learn fencing bladework and footwork, rules of courtesy during a fencing bout and refereeing skills.

At the more advanced stages they can take part in competitions fencing for the club, their school, borough and maybe even the country. All coaches have international competitive experience.

Suitable for children aged 7 to 14, equipment provided, just bring PE clothes

7 - 9 year olds: Mondays, 5.40 pm - 6.55 pm.
10 - 13 year olds: Thursdays, 5.40 pm - 6.55 pm.

Venue: Gymnasium of Central Foundation Boys' School, Cowper Street, London, EC2A 4SH (1-minute walk from Old Street Underground).


Showkids drama, Singing and dance workshops

Clapton & Stoke Newington

ShowKids run drama, singing and dance workshops and courses for children aged 4-16yrs at:

The Round Chapel
Mondays: 4pm 4-7yrs & 5pm - 7-11yrs.
Tuesdays: 5pm 4-7yrs
Stoke Newington, The Old Fire Station
Thursdays: 4pm 4-7yrs & 5pm 7-11yrs

These lovely classes are incredibly nurturing. They incorporate dance, singing and drama into the workshops with each having a focus on an underpinning life skill such as empathy, communication and team work. All workshops and courses are taught by qualified performing arts teachers (PGCE) and trained actors to ensure the highest of standards.

Showkids also also caters for those wanting to pursue acting within a professional setting by embedding industry techniques and terminology into the workshops each week with clear guidance and support for development.


Festival of the Girl

Sunday October 11

Brought to you by local mum Abi Wright, this fabulous festival is aimed at girls aged 7-11 but everyone is welcome and it's free. The virtual event will be packed with engaging activities and when you sign up your girls will receive a special pack int he post. This year's festival will celebrate how girls can create an equal, exciting and inspiring future world where they feel confident to use their voice.

Ballet North

Mondays N16 Boilerhouse:
5.10pm Primary Ballet

Fantastic Fun, professional ballet classes in Stokey with Ballet North!

The Martial Arts Place

Monday and Tuesday evenings

The Martial Arts Place (N16 8DR) offers kickboxing classes for all ages (3+). Email n16@themartialartsplace.com for more info.

Sea Cadets

Sea Cadets is open to young people aged 10-18. It's a chance to learn to sail and take part in adventure training. Contact the Islington and Stoke Newington branch for details.

Adrenalin Dance

Learn break dance and contemporary dance at this fun, friendly local club. Lessons take place at The Old School Rooms, 2 Powerscroft Rd, E5 0PU London

Stoke Newington Cricket Club

Stoke Newington Cricket Club meets at Clissold Park, The Petchey Academy and Queensbridge Sports and Community Centre. Coaching is open to children aged 4-17 and takes place throughout the year on every term-time Saturday. Winter and Spring term coaching takes place at The Petchey Academy on Saturday mornings (yrs 1-4) and Queensbridge (yrs 5-8 ). Summer term coaching takes place in Clissold Park. Meet by the paddling pool.Just turn up. First session is free, after that it’s £30.00 per term plus a £10.00 annual registration fee for which you receive a free club cap and shirt.


The Petchey Academy,
Shacklewell Lane on Saturdays

Razzamataz Hackney is brand new experience for children within the local area focusing on confidence building whilst learning skills from the highest calibre teachers London has to offer. Offering dance, drama and singing lessons for children aged 4 – 18, in a fun, fast paced, exciting and engaging environment at affordable prices.

Coding Classes for Girls

£2.50 per week (online). Classes start September 26th

11-18years: Whether your child is a beginner or just want the opportunity to code, they will have fun. They will enjoy learning to code in a fun and friendly community of coders.

Leyton Orient Football Club

Stoke Newington School

Leyton Orient Football Club offers Saturday morning coaching (from 10am till 11.30am) for children aged 5-12. Just turn up and contribute £2 per child. The club meets on the field on the Green Lanes side of Clissold Park close to the Park Lodge gate. Teams for under 9s, under 10s and under 11s also play in a Sunday league.

Little Soccer Stars

Clissold Park

Young footballers aged 3-10 train at Clissold Park on Saturday mornings with Little Soccer Stars. Places are limited and there's often a waiting list so sign up early. Email: info@littlesoccerstars.com

Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre Youth Club

Youth centre currently closed due to Covid-19. Usual opening hours: Saturdays year round and Wednesday evenings in the summer

Open to young people aged 8 to 16, the centre runs watersports based youth club on Saturdays throughout the year and Wednesday evenings during the Summer. Places are limited - check with the Centre for times of sessions and prices.

Clissold Rangers FC

Saturday mornings at Clissold Park

Clissold Rangers FC offers technical football training for girls and boys aged 5-12 at 10am every Saturday at Clissold Park. Just turn up with boots and shin pads and pay £3. The players meet by the park’s North West Gate on Green Lanes (next to the corner with Greenway Close). Teams play in the East London and Essex League.

Circus Dreams School of Aerial and Acrobatic Arts

Sundays and school holidays

This circus school brings aerial and acrobatic arts to the heart of Stoke Newington. Skills include
trapeze, acrobatics and aerial and there are classes for everyone, from young babies and children to teenagers, professional dancers and adults.

The classes take place on Sundays – and there are various age categories, including a family session, Kids (age 5-11), teens (age 11-18) and adults (age 16+).


Singing, acting and dance classes for children aged 6-18. Classes take place for three hours each week during term-time, either after school or at weekends.

Make Do Craft Workshops

Kynaston Road

Eclectic local handicraft workshops for nimble fingered kids and grown ups.

Gymnastics at The Cube

46 Milton Grove, N16 8QY

High standard gymnastics coaching for children. Call 0207 9237239.

Hackney City Tennis Club

Courses at Clissold Park for children and adults. Call 020 7254 4235

Little Kickers Football Classes

Sundays at Stokey Newington School

11.40- 12.25 Mighty Kickers (3.5-5 year olds)

Register online or call 0208 9582808 for details.

Hackney Bulls Youth Rugby Club

Sunday mornings (September-April)

Hackney Bulls Youth Rugby Club train at Clissold Park (under 12s) and at Springhill Park (Under 13s through to under 16s) between 10am and 12noon on Sunday mornings September-April.Hackney Bulls rugby Based at Clissold Park and Springhill Park. The club caters for ages 6 – 15 years.

L'ecole Des Crocodiles


The school offers affordable French classes to children 0-12 (French as native language) and 5-11 (French as foreign language). Classes for adults available too Mon-Friday.

Free activities



Art Hoppers run free art activites at the Springfield Park Cafe for children aged 3-11 from 10.30am-12noon on the second Sunday of every month. Check out their facebook page www.facebook.com/arthoppersnews


Free activities, arts and craft projects, music and movement and stories are offered to families attending the Unity Bright Lights Unitarian Church on Newington Green. 11am-noon every Sunday.  Children begin their time in the church service before leaving for these special family sessions. Contact children@new-unity.org


Books and Games


Chatterbooks Reading Group for children aged 8 to 12. Stoke Newington Library, Church Street. 4pm-5pm on the third Thursday of every month. Discussion about books as well as arts and crafts, games and days out. For further details call the library on 020 8356 5231.


Games Club for children and teenagers, Stoke Newington Library, Church Street. 6pm-7pm on the first Tuesday of the month. Children aged 7 and over can learn a variety of board and fantasy/strategy games (Formula One, Warhammer, Monopoly, dominoes, chess, draught and cards). Players of all abilities are welcome. Free refreshments.



City Farms


Freightliners Farm in Islington is well worth a trip. it's cleaner and a much better set-up than other city farms and there's a lovely cafe too. It isn't in Stokey but it is a lovely attraction. You'll see sheep, goats, cows, ducks, chicken, pigs, rabbits and the resident farmhouse cats. Good changing facilities too. It's in Sheringham Road, just off Liverpool Road, N7 8PF




Hackney City Farm 1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA
It's home to pigs, donkeys, goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, geese, chicken, ducks and cows. There's a cafe, a place to get your bike fixed and a shop selling fresh local produce.

Visit www.hackneycityfarm.co.uk





Shakespeare Walk Adventure Playground, N16 8TB. This was recently crowned the best adventure playground in London in the London Adventure Play Awards. It was praised especially for its inclusive atmosphere and variety of things to do.


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